Writers Speak! (On The Farthest Shore)
1. Kate Aton-Osias:
"Have your experiences during gaming, say the settings, adventures or the characters, spill over or influence your writing?
Most definitely. I learned a lot about characters, and dialogue, through gaming (it doesn’t hurt that our GM is an award winning playwright and fictionist). I try not to write it down directly, though, because I prefer to write something out of my own imagination – or at least, my own interpretation of it (which goes beyond simply using the same characters and exactly the same setting with a different plot) – rather than play in someone else’s sandbox. That is not to say I’m against fanfiction, but its just a personal choice to challenge myself to do something different."
"What aspect of the writing did you enjoy the most?
Lots, actually. One is that the story is structured as a letter addressed to members in a court of law and is clearly meant to be persuasive, which made the story easier to write because of the clear direction. The other is that the protagonist comes from a race of “gilled” humans – like the sort that pops up once in a while in provincial gossip back home in the Philippines, along with babies born with webbed feet. I also enjoyed writing about the orinu, which I imagined to be scaly killer whales, and the orinu trade."For your reading pleasure, Crystal's story appears here.